Category Archives: life

Natural Skincare

Kari Gran Skincare

 

I’ve been making an effort to switch to more natural products in all areas of my life, including skincare. Although I love the Tara Harper line (shared here), it does run on the pricier side. So when my natural and organic guru girlfriend started raving about the Kari Gran skincare line, I listened. And two of our other girlfriends did too.

 

The line includes a cleanser, toner and serum. That’s it. Which might be my favorite part because as much as I try, I can’t get into a 10-step skincare routine. This mama doesn’t have time for that! The cleanser is oil based. If you’re leery of oil based skincare products, read Grace’s post about why you should try one.

 

I try to do a face mask twice a week (reality is I’m lucky to do one) and rotate between Tata Harper’s resurfacing mask and May Lindstrom’s honey mud. The Tara Harper mask truly makes me skin glow and the May Lindstrom smells so good you’ll want to eat it.

 

Not pictured is the One Love Organics eye cream that I use morning (occasionally) and night (always).

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's-Day-Gift-Guide

 

It wasn’t until I had Lawson and Sybil that I realized how hard parenthood can be. While we should celebrate our mothers and fathers every day, they certainly deserve a day of their own. From saying a simple thank you for all she’s done for you to a more extravagant gift, make sure you celebrate the women in your life this Sunday. If you have kids, until they’re old enough to adequately express thanks on their own, it’s daddy’s responsibility to do it for them.

 

These are a few of my favorite things and some on my wish list that I think would make great Mother’s Day gifts. So here it is: my Mother’s Day gift guide. Get to shopping!

 

Off the Shoulder Bow top – I am a fan of the off the shoulder trend, but I refuse to wear a strapless bra. This top is the best of both worlds.

 

Le Creuset roaster – I love my Le Creuset dutch oven. It’s one of my most used kitchen items. I have a feeling this roaster would be used just as often.

 

Cuyana Lounge set – Everything I’ve purchased from Cuyana has quickly become a favorite. As I get older, I find the value in a set of pajamas. This pima cotton set would be a great addition (comes in blush and grey).

 

 

Maya Brenner necklace – My Maya Brenner necklace with Lawson and Sybil’s initials is one of my most precious possessions. I guarantee any mother would love to receive one.

 

 

Vintner’s Daughter serum – This tired mama’s skin needs all the help it can get. This serum has a cult following. It’s an investment, but what better investment to make than in your skin?!

 

Hinge Flat Slide – Summer sandals that are easy to slide on and off. Under $60. Enough said.

 

Aesop hand cream – My favorite hand cream in a new to me scent.

 

 

Dress – A pretty dress to make her feel pretty.

 

Dyson cordless vacuum (not pictured) – This is the only household appliance that is ever acceptable to gift the woman in your life. I use it every day.

Weekend Roundup

Weekend

 

Oh my gosh, what a week. Between a stomach bug that hit all of us, sleepless nights, Lawson’s 2 year molars coming in and some of the lowest patience levels I’ve had lately, I could not be happier that it’s Friday. Some weeks I feel like we have it together and other weeks throw me for a loop. This week was one of the latter and I’m so, so glad it’s over.

 

This weekend we plan to do more of the usual for us – spend as much time outside as possible. It’s even more important after being cooped up indoors this week. Lawson and Sybil are so much happier when we have a daily walk. Jim is golfing in tournaments both days, but I plan to sneak in a break for a few hours.

 

I used a gift card and picked up these leggings and tank from Athleta few weeks ago. The leggings are high waisted and the tank is already a go to. I want to wear it all the time, which is a good sign. Naturally, I got the grey and white stripe, but it also comes in solids.

 

I was in need of a breezy, beach read between parenting books. I took Grace’s recommendation and ordered Slightly South of Simple. Maybe this will be the book I actually finish.

 

It’s going to be 105 today. Welcome to spring in AZ. :) Hope you’re enjoying a more normal spring whenever you are!

Weekend Roundup

Weekend, Red White and Blue, 4th of July

 

Fri-yay! I took Lawson and Sybil for a walk this morning and it hit me. I am exhausted. By the time Friday rolls around, I need a nap. Desperately. I’m already planning on falling asleep when Sybil does tonight.

 

This is going to sound a little crazy, but have you heard of an allergy to exercise? On Tuesday morning I went for a run. It wasn’t long, maybe 2.5 miles, and it certainly wasn’t fast. I came home, drank a smoothie and went about my day. Soon after I started getting terrible stomach cramps. Sybil was napping, but I kept telling Lawson I didn’t feel well and asking him to rub and kiss my belly to make it feel better (that kid is just the best). An hour later my palms started itching and I immediately knew I was having an allergic reaction. It’s happened to me two other times in the past 5-6 years. Once after a similar run and the other after a hot yoga class. The itching is intense. My palms turn red and hot. Then my feet start itching too. I had to call Jim at work to pick up Benadryl and come home. Within 30 minutes of taking the Benadryl, I felt much better. I have no idea why this happens to me. Is it the time of year (I have allergies to pollen)? What I ate? Or didn’t eat? And just in case you don’t believe me, an exercise allergy is a real thing. Has this ever happened to you? Or anyone you know?

 

Remember my 101 in 1001 days list? I recently checked it. 10 down, 91 to go. I’ve got some work to do!

 

We started watching a new series this week, Red Oaks. It’s a comedy series on Amazon set in the 80’s. We’re 6 episodes in and I’ve quickly dubbed it my favorite show. Two seasons have been released and they announced a third and final season for later this year (I think). I wouldn’t be surprised if we finished season 1 this weekend. Have you watched it?  

 

It’s the last day to enter the giveaway with Oat Mama! Head to Instagram to enter. Good luck!

 

I’ve narrowed down my spring/summer clothing wish list to a pair of denim shorts (maybe 2 if I add white), a shirtdress and a pair of neutral sandals. What’s on your wish list? I’d love to help you find it!

 

Have a wonderful weekend, hoping soaking up the sun!